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Mr. Robot Season 4 Episode 10
Final week, Mr. Robot gave us its greatest episode of the season – an intense and tense hour that noticed Elliot and Darlene lastly overcome Whiterose and the villainous Deus Group. That the sequence chooses to comply with up that installment with a meandering character piece wherein Elliot solely seems for 5 minutes is an ideal instance of each the most effective and worst of Mr. Robot season 4 all of sudden.
As a person episode, “Gone” is fairly stable. It’s centered nearly solely on the sequence’ girls, and offers some much-needed context to the emotional journeys each Dom and Darlene have been on this season. It’s the primary episode that’s actually included something resembling an emotional arc for Dom, and it provides Carly Chaikin and Grace Gummer a lot to do. However as a follow-up to final week’s “Battle,” it leaves one thing to be desired.
A part of that’s as a result of Season 4 has paid so little consideration to Dom as a personality that a complete episode that’s principally centered on her feels unusual. How a lot are we nonetheless invested in her as a personality, at this level? That the story additionally hangs a lot of its emotional heart on her relationship with Darlene, when the 2 have shared nearly no display time this season aside from once they had been held hostage collectively, effectively. The present is relying on that one night time they spent collectively final season to do a lot of labor, is all I’m saying.
Nonetheless, Darlene’s nearly manic insistence that Dom come to Europe along with her does really feel like an try to atone or in any other case make amends for the truth that she seduced then betrayed the opposite girl so way back. In reality, a number of this episode appears to be about atoning for Darlene – from her therapy of Dom to her apparent pleasure at having the ability to redistribute the entire Deus’ Group’s wealth again to the folks whose oppression ostensibly helped them make it.
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The sequence wherein Darlene and Dom watch a crowd of individuals obtain textual content messages alerting them to their shock monetary windfalls is surprisingly shifting, as is Darlene’s glee at the truth that she and Elliot have principally “Robin Hooded” the Deus elites. However one has to surprise if this sequence may need been much more emotionally efficient had it taken place between the Alderson siblings, as a fruits of all the pieces the 2 have managed to attain.
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As a substitute, Elliot and Darlene’s farewell feels uncomfortably abrupt, and whereas the hug between them is good, it doesn’t essentially convey all the pieces that’s nonetheless unsaid between them. Certainly, in some unspecified time in the future Darlene must find out about what a monster her father apparently was? One has to imagine that her choice to stay in New York implies that there’s nonetheless time for these conversations to occur.
Essentially the most satisfying and shocking second of this episode seems to be its finish – a lot so in reality that it nearly makes the remainder of this meandering and pretty uneven installment appear value it. What begins as a ripped-straight-from-a-rom-com musical montage that entails Dom and Darlene individually agonizing over whether or not to get on a airplane to Budapest and actually operating by airport hallways finally ends not with sappy declarations of affection, however with each girls realizing they don’t want anybody else to turn out to be the folks they need to be.
Darlene, who decides to remain, realizes that she’s able to making her personal decisions and standing on her personal, even speaking herself off the ledge of a panic assault within the airport toilet. Whereas Dom, who chooses to depart, decides that true freedom can solely be discovered exterior the confines of the restrictive life she’s constructed for herself in New York. The ultimate photographs of each – Darlene slowly releasing her dying grip on the lavatory counter, Dom sleeping in a airplane seat – really feel nearly triumphant in their very own methods.
With three episodes nonetheless to go, we nonetheless have little thought about how Mr. Robot will select to wrap up its story, or what that endgame will contain. However there are many indications in “Gone” that this might very effectively be the final time we see both or presumably each of those girls on this present. Whereas this seems like a pure endpoint for Dom’s arc, it appears unimaginable that Darlene wouldn’t by some means be part of the conclusion of her brother’s story. But, if for no matter purpose that is the final time we see these characters, no less than each of those girls exit on empowering excessive notes, and get the possibility to decide on their very own futures.
Did “Gone” tie up the query of the Darkish Military too shortly and/or neatly? In all probability. Notably since they’re principally faraway from the board by out of the blue returned hitman Irving busy hawking his novel in an airport Hudson Information (how the mighty have fallen, certainly). Dom’s visceral worry of a person who wrote a ebook entitled “Seaside Towel” feels nearly absurd at this level, and maybe that’s on function.
In spite of everything, the as soon as fear-inspiring hacker group now deserves little greater than an offhand announcement that they’re out of the blue and conveniently not attention-grabbing in punishing our heroes. Although we nonetheless don’t understand how Elliot’s renewed curiosity in Washington Township might or might not contain what’s left of Whiterose’s group – or doubtlessly even Whiterose herself – the thought of the Darkish Military as an existential menace definitely appears over.
It’s a pretty ignoble finish for what was as soon as such a threatening enemy, however by cleanly eradicating them from the first narrative Mr. Robot is now largely free to cope with the bigger existential questions at its heart. Reminiscent of Elliot, the thriller of his numerous personalities past Mr. Robot, and the query of whether or not he’ll ever be capable to be taught to dwell a life that’s at peace with all of the components of himself.
He’s bought three episodes left to determine it out.
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